A live, interactive online workshop that looks at how white people can work for racial justice by:
- understanding racial structure
- building connections and cross-racial alliances
- finding direction on your journey as an effective change agent
- organizing with others against racism
This is an introductory workshop. If you are concerned about matters of race, racism and racial justice, but unsure about where to begin, this workshop is for you. If you are already doing something about racism, and you have friends who are asking what they can do, refer them to this workshop.
Part 2 is about moving to the next level, organizing. Anti-racism implies activism. Activism implies organizing. However, white culture trains white people toward isolation and individualism rather than collective action. White privilege is often invisible to white people, making it difficult for them to recognize and deal with. Also, white people are trained to collude with racism, not work against it. So what leads them to anti-racism and organizing? In this workshop, we explore motivations, challenges and supports for anti-racists.
Why is it important to identify anti-racists as organizers? Because we’re trying to take down a system! It won’t happen through individual effort. This workshop aims to further participants’ education about white supremacy, and equip them to partner effectively and accountably with other anti-racists.
Who are organizers? People who are informed, work together, share analysis with other organizers, use strategy to work toward goals. Organizers may talk with neighbors about local gentrification, arrange a book discussion at the library, attend protest rallies, take part in online workshops and conferences. This workshop is part of creating a foundation for lifelong anti-racist action.
List of Topics
The workshop touches on several topics in an introductory way, including:
- why some white people are actively anti-racist
- characteristics of white culture
- problems white organizers face
- accountable white allyship
- tasks of the privileged
- decentering whiteness and building multi-racial community
- resources for further study and personal development
Who the workshop is appropriate for
The workshop offers information and content of value to white people who are new to racial justice work. It is also helpful for ALL those with experience working against racism, but who may not have considered unique challenges white people face in racial justice work.
The workshop is conducted by skilled trainers, each with personal experience working in cross-racial alliances. For the new learner, it is a place where you can ask questions and make mistakes. The workshop will not provide a recipe or road map for ending racism. Rather it will help you continue to lay a foundation of analysis, language, resources and partners who will support your anti-racist work.
The workshop is Part 2 of a 2-part series. You do not have to have participated in Part 1, but it is highly recommended you also take Part 1. Part 2 is intended to support you to be in action against racism.